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Sol Bellear, great Elder and Aboriginal icon passes away

Date posted: 6 December 2017

Sol Bellear, a Bundjalung man from Mullumbimby in New South Wales, will be remembered for helping to establish Aboriginal medical, housing, land rights and legal services and fighting for reform his whole life. Mr Bellear passed away late last week at the age of 66.

Mr Bellear was chairman of the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern and was awarded an Order of Australia for services to the Aboriginal community in 1999. He was also a delegate at the historic constitutional convention at Uluru earlier this year.

He was instrumental in the land rights marches and Tent Embassy movements of the 1970s, and also worked against apartheid in South Africa, as well as on First Nations social justice issues in North America and with the US Black Panthers. He was among an Aboriginal delegation to the United Nations in 1970.

The New South Wales Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, announced that Mr Bellear would be honoured with a state funeral. 'Sol was one of Australia’s greatest Aboriginal leaders. He dedicated his whole life and energy to Aboriginal land rights and welfare, fighting for equality and improving the lives of future generations, and for that, we are very grateful to him,' she said.

Source: ABC, Croakey


Last updated: 6 December 2017
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